When my first son was born, back in 2003, I was definitely concerned about safety and buying products that were going to be safe for him, but I never really thought about where these products would end up when we were done with them.
BPA-free plastics are safer for my children, which is important, for sure, but I have no idea if these plastics are safer for the environment, once they end up in the recycling bin.
Now that my youngest son is nearly two, I’m learning more about eco-friendly products that are not made out of plastics at all, like these new toothbrushes we received from World Centric.
Dentists recommend we replace our toothbrushes every 3-4 months, which means, for my family of four, we’re consuming 12 toothbrushes each year, on average. One per month goes into the recycling bin but until I learned about World Centric, I never really thought about this.
Not only do they make toothbrushes, but they also make plates, cups for hot and cold liquids, straws, and trash bags, to name a few.
World Centric makes compostable products made from sugar cane fiber, corn & wheat straw. They’re made from plants, not petroleum, which means they’re non-polluting, non-toxic and environmentally responsible.
What’s even more exciting about this company, based in Palo Alto, is that they are helping to introduce the next generation to these products as well. World Centric provides five-compartment cafeteria-trays to schools in their effort to eliminate Styrofoam all together.
Additionally, World Centric donates 25% of their before-tax profits to social and environmental grassroots organizations while offering discounts to schools and non-profits. They also offer custom designs on their products so small businesses that care about the environment can use them as well. I wonder if Starbucks will ever take part in this initiative.
So, back to the toothbrushes. I replaced my own, my husband’s and my oldest son’s with these new ones from World Centric. I personally fell in love with the thick handle and my son, who has braces, claims the toothbrush works better than the ones he’s been “receiving” from the dentist each time we go. Now, if only we can get the dentist’s office involved in this grass-roots effort as well.
Check out World Centric for more information and resources to learn ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, one meal, or one toothbrush at a time.
Oh, and one more thing, they’re not any more expensive than the toothbrushes you’ll find at the store. A three-pack of their adult-size toothbrushes are just under $12.00 so my recommendation would be to buy a few of these at a time to stock up. Before you know it, it’ll be time to replace them once again.